Kensal Rise church gets a funding boost

Volunteers praise the generosity of councillors after they donate �7,000

A project to renovate a church and expand its community use got a boost this week when councillors donated �7,000 to it.

Volunteers at St Mark’s Church, in Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, said they were ‘delighted’ with the money, which was given to them by the three Kensal Green councillors.

Kay Vernon, lay minister at the church, said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the ward councillors, it is a massive amount of money and is a great help towards getting us to our final target.”

Mrs Vernon, who has been involved in the church for more than 30 years and lives in nearby Ashburnham Road, Kensal Green, said the rebuild would improve access, enabling elderly and disabled residents to use the church and its facilities.

She added: “The giving of the church has been fantastic. People have been incredibly generous, donating their time and money.”

Around �130,000 has been raised toward the project, and building work will start in the New Year.